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Children's Circle Preschool FAQs


Curriculum

What kind of curriculum do you use?

We follow the developmental continuum of The Creative Curriculum® for Infants and Toddlers and The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool. We teach skills through hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. Our youngest students will focus on learning about themselves and the world around them. As students progress through our program, we will address pre-math, pre-reading, science, fine and gross motor skills and social skills through our daily classroom activities. After completing Pre-K, our students are prepared for the rigors of kindergarten and beyond.

How do you handle religion?

We are a ministry of Second Presbyterian Church. The children learn about God through daily activities such as stories, songs and art. Most importantly, we want children to know that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus is God's Son.
 


Staff

Do your teachers have degrees?

Our Nursery, Toddlers, Twos and Young 3s teachers must have a high school diploma, although many have Bachelors degrees. Our Preschool teachers must have a Bachelors degree or Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA). Our staff is always learning through professional development workshops, seminars, and conferences. Our staff is CPR and First Aid trained as well.


School Readiness

What do we do if my child has separation difficulty?

Our teachers are experienced with children who are reluctant to come to school -- it is a part of the early childhood education experience! We know that some children need to come for several weeks before feeling comfortable. We strive to get to know your child by providing activities that will help him/her adjust as quickly as possible. We work with families to create the best plan for communication with parents when a child is having a difficult day.

What if my child can’t handle the program?

Occasionally a very young child may struggle with being away from home.  Our staff works closely with parents to develop a plan for children dealing with separation anxiety so they can successfully enjoy a full day at school. We have a variety of techniques to help smooth the transition to school.

Does my child need to be toilet trained?

Nursery, Toddler, Twos and Young 3s children do not need to be toilet trained; however, our teachers are prepared to help children with the toilet training process. Preschool 3 and Pre-K children should be confidently and independently toilet trained. While we are aware accidents will happen, they should be few and far between.


School Day

How does daily drop off and pick up work?

We believe daily communication between teachers and parents is key, so our parents and caregivers accompany their children to the classrooms, and pick them up there at the end of the day. We find this is the best way to have daily feedback about your child's day. We use an electronic check-in process for attendance purposes. You can view a video of the process here.

Do we need to bring a lunch for our child or does the program supply one?

CCP provides snacks for our classrooms, but every child brings lunch from home. We have recommendations available for healthy and manageable lunch options for young children.

What do I need to bring for my child’s day?

All ages need comfortable play clothes, including close-toed shoes, a spare change of clothes, lunch and a towel or mat for rest time. Nursery, Toddler, Twos and Young 3s children also need extra diapers and diaper cream, as well as a change of clothing. If your child has a special "lovey," we recommend placing it in your child's bag, so it is available all day.

Do the children take naps?

Our school days are busy, and we believe everyone needs a little down time during the day. The children in our Nursery, Toddlers, Twos and Young 3s classes take naps in cribs or on cots. The Preschool 3 and Pre-K children have a rest period every day. Some nap, others have a quiet time and look at books.

Do the children go on field trips?

We believe up close and real experiences enhance learning, so we have the field trips come to us. Some examples are the Fire Department and the Dental School. These "in-house" field trips are structured so they are meaningful for our students. Not all age groups participate in all field trips.


Security

How does your program deal with security issues?

  1. There is only one unlocked entrance to the building.
  2. The Preschool hallways are equipped with security doors.
  3. The church is equipped with security cameras.
  4. Children may leave only with an adult whose name is in our files. Each family has a special security word in case your plans change during the day.
  5. Teachers are trained to be aware of their surroundings and adults who are nearby.
  6. The church prioritizes safety and security and has comprehensive procedures in place. CCP participates in monthly drills.

Discipline

How do you handle discipline?

Our classes are planned with developmentally appropriate activities in mind so there are few discipline issues.  Appropriate behavior is reinforced, and choices are offered whenever possible. When necessary, children are redirected and appropriate behaviors are explained in simple terms.  Time outs are rarely used and only to allow a child to regain his or her composure.  Corporal punishment is never used.


Registration and Enrollment

How do we get a spot on the wait list?

Once a class if filled, a wait list is started. As spots open in a class, we will contact those on the wait list. We continue to fill spots throughout the school year. If you are interested in enrollment, please fill out a Family Information Form, and we will contact you with class availability. Those with Family Information Forms on file will be contacted first when new family registration begins in January.

 

Children and Family Ministry
at Second Presbyterian Church

Children and Families

The Children and Family Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church seeks through worship, study, fellowship and service to support families as they grow in faith. Here our children are claimed in baptism, wrapped in love, grounded in the stories of our faith and called by Jesus to lives of faithful discipleship.

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